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ERIC Number: EJ1077957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Beyond Host Language Proficiency: Coping Resources Predicting International Students' Satisfaction
Mak, Anita S.; Bodycott, Peter; Ramburuth, Prem
Journal of Studies in International Education, v19 n5 p460-475 Nov 2015
As international students navigate in a foreign educational environment, having higher levels of coping or stress-resistance resources--both internal and external--could be related to increased satisfaction with personal and university life. The internal coping resources examined in this study were host language proficiency, self-esteem, intercultural social self-efficacy, and academic self-efficacy. The external resources studied were perceived social support from (a) hosts and (b) non-hosts. Survey participants were 385 Asian-born international students in Australian universities. Regression analyses revealed that academic self-efficacy and social support from hosts were significant predictors of both personal and university life satisfaction, but the effects of English language proficiency and social support from non-hosts disappeared when other resources were considered. Additional predictors of personal satisfaction were intercultural social self-efficacy and self-esteem. We discuss the implications for future research on the international student experience and for learning support provision for international university students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia